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Very deep, intense cherry red in color, this Malleolus presents a concentration typical of the 2017 vintage, a result of the low yield mentioned above. It has a dense, ripe aroma, with good intensity and a great personality. The balance between ripeness and freshness is excellent, and its months of ageing in 500-litre barrels has granted it´s great complexity. It is powerful and structured in the mouth, with good balance and a long, persistent passage.
The 2017 Malleolus is also pure Tempranillo, in this case from small parcels (in Spanish “majuelo” and in Latin “malleolus”) of vines aged between 25 and 75 years of age. Yields were reduced by 50% in 2017, so it’s a very unusual vintage. It matured in French oak barrels for 18 months. As I found with the rest of 2017s, this is very expressive, aromatic and fresh, floral, aromatic, happy and expressive, without excess ripening and with fruit in the foreground and the oak neatly folded into the fruit. It’s juicy, medium to full-bodied, perhaps not as concentrated as others, but balanced, with fine-grained tannins; it’s very pleasant and representative of the grape and zone. Very good for the conditions of the year. 180,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2019.